Village of Gurnee Weekly Announcements for Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Weekly Announcements for Friday, January 27, 2012:
  1. Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th
  2. Reminder: Please Shovel Out Fire Hydrants and Storm Sewer Inlets after a Snow Storm
  3. Reminder: Christmas Tree Collection Ends
  4. Frequently Asked Question: Do I Need a Building Permit?
  5. Local Resources: Voting Resources
  6. The Weekly Update: 5 Police Officers Awarded Police Purple Hearts, Preparations Begin for Snowfall Tonight and more

1. Referendum on Electrical Aggregation to be held Tuesday, March 20th



As you may know, recent changes in electrical regulation by the State of Illinois have given residents the ability to purchase their electricity from another supplier besides Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).  As part of those regulation changes, municipalities may also bid the cost of electricity on behalf of residents in order to achieve even greater savings.  However, in order to do so, the Village must first gain public support through an advisory referendum.  The Village Board recently approved placing a question on the Tuesday, March 20th primary election ballot.  The Village wishes to get as much information out as possible before the referendum to give residents a fully informed review of their options prior to voting.



A full list of frequently asked questions regarding aggregation can be found on the Village's website.  There will also be an article in the upcoming February issue of Keeping Posted on the subject.  For any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 599-7500.



2. Reminder: Please Shovel Out Fire Hydrants and Storm Sewer Inlets after a Snow Storm



As a friendly request, when you are shoveling after a snow storm, please be sure to clear any nearby fire hydrants or storm sewer inlets.   Blocked fire hydrants can slow down a fire response, and blocked inlets can lead to significant localized flooding.  By removing snow and ice from the area around these devices, we can ensure that they will operate as they were designed to.  An example of an inlet can be found on the right for your reference.  



For any questions regarding hydrants, please contact the Fire Department at (847) 599-6800.  For any questions regarding storm water management, contact the Engineering Division at (847) 599-7550.



3. Reminder: Christmas Tree Collection Ends



Waste Management's annual Christmas Tree collection program ended on Tuesday, January 24th.  Waste Management will make no further trips to collect trees at this time.  If you have still have a tree, please make other arrangements for its collection.



One donation option is to give the tree to the Lake County Forest Preserves District (LCFPD).  The LCFPD will accept donated trees at a number of drop off sites in the area.  Trees are chipped and then used for landscaping or trails at the preserve sites.  For more information, please visit the Forest Preserve's website.



4. Frequently Asked Question: Do I Need a Building Permit?

If you are considering doing major work to your home next spring or summer, you may wish to know when you are required to have a permit or not.  In general, here are the items which do require a permit.
  • Basement Finishes
  • Decks & Patios
  • Fences
  • Furnaces/Air Conditioners (including replacements)
  • Gazebos
  • Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Re-roofing
  • Detailed Accessory Structures (Sheds, Garages, Etc.)

Permits are also required for the following:

  • Interior Remodeling
  • Any Plumbing Work
  • Any Electrical Work
  • New Siding
  • Satellite Dishes (larger than 18")
  • Soffit, Fascia & Gutters
  • Windows - Replacement or New Installations
  • Additions
  • Porches
Contact the Building Safety Division at (847) 599-7550 for more information.  Copies of the general and specialized building permits can be found on the Village's website.

 

 5. Local Resources: Voting Resources



With the general primary quickly approaching on March 20th, the Lake County Clerk's Office has a number of resources available to help make voting easier and more convenient for residents.  Visit the Clerk's website to learn more about early voting, curbside voting and other options you have if you can't vote on Election Day or if you want to learn more about the elections process.



6. The Weekly Update: 5 Police Officers Awarded Police Purple Hearts, Preparations Begin for Snow Fall Tonight and more



Administration:
  •  The Administration Department continues preparing the proposed fiscal year 2012/2013 budget, which will be released in mid to late February.  This document is essential in directing and funding the projects the Village manages each year and is one of the core documents of the Village. 

Community Development:

  • The Economic Development Committee held its second meeting on Thursday, January 19th.  One of the topics discussed was the Village's Geographic Information System (GIS), which allows mapping of the Village and several of its systems and features.  An example of such a map can be found to the right.  In this case, the GIS system has mapped the location of water and sanitary lines in a residential neighborhood and this information can be used to help locate individual connection points as well as to help locate breaks in the mains.  Almost every Department uses GIS for at least one function but most use it on an almost daily basis.  Learn more about the Village's GIS system, its uses and its value to the Village on the Village's website.

Fire Department:

  • The Fire Department issued a notice this morning regarding carbon monoxide detectors, which help prevent illness and possible death resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Since 2007, Illinois law has required these devices to be installed in all dwelling units.  However, the law did not require these devices to have "end of life" alarms until August 2009.  This means that some homes may have devices that are no longer functional, but they may not know it.  The Fire Department urges you to check the manufactured date on your device (found on the back of the alarm).  If the date is from before August 2009 or there is no date, please replace the device as soon as possible.  For any questions, please contact the Fire Department at (847) 599-6800.

Police Department:

  • The Police Department honored five of its officers with Police Purple Heart Awards at Monday's regular meeting of the Village Board.  These awards are given to officers who were severely injured or killed in the line of service.  In all of these cases, the officers were injured while attempting to arrest a suspect who was actively resisting arrest.  The five honorees were Crime Technician Tom Agos, Sgt. Jim Lange, Officer Matt Bauman, Officer Brian Jacobson and Officer Scott Kotrba.  A video of the award ceremony has been posted on YouTube and can be accessed by clicking on the picture to the right. 

Public Works Department:

  • Anti-Icing operations began on Thursday morning in anticipation of a snow event tonight.  As you may know, anti-icing involves spraying supermix (a combination of beet juice, salt brine and calcium chloride) on primary streets in the Village.  A treated street will have narrow bands laid parallel to the curb.  More information is available on the Village's website.
  • While the storm event on Friday, January 20th was less severe than originally predicted, it required a larger than usual response.  Public Works began plowing and salting on Friday morning, worked through the end of the event and resumed operations on Saturday morning.  254.07 tons of GeoSalt and 4437 gallons of SuperMix were used in total.
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